Budget Rejection; A New Paradigm Shift For Ghana’s Democracy-Asiedu Nketia
General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has indicated that, the rejection of the 2022 Budget is a new paradigm that moves Ghana’s Democratic process a step further.
According to him, Ghanaians have been complaining about the activities of the previous Parliaments under the 4th Republic, where they were regarded as rubber stamp.
He added that “The fact that they voted against this budget will be a news beginning, and so nobody should be worried that this budget has been rejected”.
He asserted that it is a good omen for democracy.
About the controversy sparked by his presence in the public gallery, he said it was his right to be there, questioning why no member of the majority side gave any reason for him not being there, citing his 12 year experience in the House.
He further refuted claims that the Speaker was biased against the Majority, adding that “Parliament is the House of rules which are coded in the Standing Orders of the House”.
He also indicated that, the business of the House on the day was in no way affected by the walk-out of the Majority.
He further accused the Minister of Finance Ken Ofori Atta, of refusing to have broader consultations and engagements prior to the approval stage.
Blaming the government for demolishing all the accountability structures of Ghana, designed by the Constitution to ensure accountability.
He opined that it is even more imperative for Parliament to be efficient in it’s oversight role.